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Nov 14, 2013 9:14 PM

False widow spider??? (hoping it is)

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Is this the famous false widow spider???

Been sharing my bathroom with it for a month. Not scared of it. would be very cool if it was.

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    Nov 14, 2013 9:48 PM (in response to chauloom)
    Re: False widow spider??? (hoping it is)

    Hi chauloom,

     

    It sure is; congratulations are in order then.

     

    This is the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, the species principally implicated in the recent media reports and it is not a 'deadly' spider by any stretch of the imagination.

     

    They are known to bite and generally this is no worse than a wasp sting; however, although regularly reported the likelihood is still very low. You are still far more likely to be stung by a wasp.

     

    My rule of thumb is that I am happy with these living in my garden or on the outside if the house, any found setting up home indoors, or wandering males, are tipped outside.

     

    Could you tell me where you have seen this by forwarding a grid reference or post code to me at sjh@nhm.ac.uk as it is valuable to know where these are being found so we can get a better picture of the current UK distribution of this species.

     

    For more information on False Window spiders please see the following link:

     

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html

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